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Here’s a Youtube I want to capture here. Ingmar shows an excerpt from a movie and then gives his thoughts on God which he replaces with holiness as seen by human beings through music and art.

Bergman's Wisdom

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Introduction to Maine Beyond War’s free online seminars on taking the first steps in a plan for world peace:

There are millions of groups and agencies world-wide working for peace. For the most part their goal is to end war. Certainly ending our current wars is a good thing. However, ending wars will not produce a peaceful world. All wars end eventually. Throughout history the period following the end of one war has been simply an interstice between wars. A culture of war exists and always has where the use of violence to resolve conflicts or to gain profit has been a preferred mode of goal achievement.

A culture of war is one in which materialism prevails, where there must be winners and losers, where fear is a prominent means of maintaining control of others. As long as that culture is allowed to persist, wars will persist.

Cultural change can occur as a response to a major crisis or it can occur as a result of planning. Given the mounting destructiveness of modern war with the risk of nuclear annihilation a real possibility, it makes sense to plan for change.

Change needs to begin with our attitudes, beliefs and values. If we can allow ourselves to be known, if we can be afraid only when we are in actual danger, if we can experience our uniqueness and find it good, then we may be at peace. If we can learn to trust, to forgive, to love and respect each other, then we may be at peace.

If we are at peace within ourselves it is easier to be at peace with others. Being at peace with our selves, others will be drawn to us and find comfort in our peace.

At peace, we can look at our culture and avoid its relentless drive for dominion over the earth’s human and physical resources. We can reject our knee-jerk choice of violence in favor of life enhancing human fellowship.

At peace, we can help build a world that is at peace. Starting with ourselves, we can take the first step in a plan for world peace.

Sample topics for Maine Beyond War’s Seminars in Inner Peace

Introduction to deep peace: the emotional basis of peace

The power of peace in daily life – hope is key

Safety – an emotional cycle: need for equilibrium, boredom, need for stimulation, reach a point of stress, need for equilibrium

Source of emotions and their effects

Emotions and the power therein – faith, compassion, mutuality, love, respect, forgiveness

Personal responsibility in a life of peace

Peaceful communication – Speaking from the heart

Family and community – mutually supportive networks

Making your personal peace public – advocacy

To register for the seminars:
e-mail Bert Kauffman at kaufhubert@aol.com.

If you have questions about the program, contact Richard Beal at richardbeal68@yahoo.com or Bert Kauffman at kaufhubert@aol.com

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Brian Donohue will be marching today in Brooklyn, New York, with the Brooklyn for Peace organization. Here’s a copy of their poster and schedule.

It’s a long way from Maine to Brooklyn, NY, but hopefully we’re all in this together, in spirit when we can’t participate in body. Good luck to the marchers in Brooklyn today!! And how about that human chain set for Saturday? 😎

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Today is Veterans Day. Here’s a video, “VFP” Veterans For Peace, created by Tom Chelston of TomSongs.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TBOSPoZt5s[/youtube]

As pointed out by Juan Cole this morning, this group, VFP, and others like it are being denied permission to march in Veterans Day commemorations. Can you believe that?

I offer this line from Wallace Stevens’ poem, Sunday Morning, to help us quiet our souls for the day of silence tomorrow for all the victims of the world — including the recent tragic victims of Virginia Tech, but also the countless others throughout history.

One ancient sacrifice which came to mind to me today was that of Francis David (Ferenc Dávid), b 1510 d 1579, founder of the Unitarian Church of Transylvania, who, having dedicated his life to tolerance and peace, had to end his days in a dungeon. Below is a sketch of Francis David and a picture of a flaming chalice with his famous quotation:

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Yes, the ancient sacrifice referred to in the Stevens poem was that of Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice, but Jesus would not disapprove I think of a worldwide application of a hush for all victims, and I just pick one of several that Unitarian Universalist’s remember. There are of course countless billions of others thoughout the world and throughout the history of mankind.

Blessed be. In remembrance.